iOS 4.3 was seeded to developers today.  The release includes advanced Multi-Touch gestures for the iPad.

You will soon be able to:  1) Pinch all fingers together to return to the home screen.  2) Swipe four or five fingers up to view your open apps or swipe down to hide them.  3) Swipe left or right with four or five fingers to toggle between open apps without opening the multi-tasking bar.

See video below via Mac Rumors:

BGR claims confirmation that these changes were made in preparation for a home button free iPad 2 and next generation iPhone.

“We have exclusively been told that the reason Apple just added multitouch gestures for the iPad in the latest iOS 4.3 beta is because the iPad will be losing the home button. Yes, we are told that Apple, at some point in time, will remove the home button from the iPad’s design. Instead of button taps, you will use new multitouch gestures to navigate to the home screen and also to launch the app switcher.

That’s not all, however. In addition to the home button disappearing from the iPad, we’re told that this change will make its way over to the iPhone as well. Our source said Apple employees are already testing iPads and iPhones with no home buttons on the Apple campus, and it’s possible we will see this new change materialize with the next-generation iPad and iPhone devices set to launch this year.”

BGR also predicts that Photobooth and iLife may very well make their way to the next generation iPad.

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